“Discipleship is about death to the old Adam and the resurrection of a new man, who lives before God by faith and before the world in love that serves the neighbor.”
– John Pless, Luther’s Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship
Why a Learning Hour? Christ called His followers to know the truth that would set them free, and the Bible repeatedly warns us not to fall prey to teaching that is attractive but empty. The Learning Hour feeds our minds and hearts on goodness and truth, helping us to better understand our faith and better resist the many things that would pull us away from the Gospel. Spending time together in God’s Word is also a great way to develop deeper friendships.
A typical Learning Hour class Courses range from a half dozen to fifty people, and some have a video component while others rely on group discussion or a main speaker. Leaders and participants are generally friendly, and would love to have you join them no matter how much you do or don’t know about the Bible.
WINTER 2020 Learning Hour Classes (9:45 Sundays)
1/19-4/5 – Exploring Our Faith - Pastor Naumann takes participants through an overview of the Bible and of Lutheran teaching. Great for both current and prospective members, the class ends with an opportunity for church orientation and membership.
1/19-3/22 – Galatians - Jesse Hogue leads this video-based course on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Ample time is included for group discussion. This class is geared towards Bible students of all ages and experience levels.
1/19-4/5 – 10 Minute Bible Hour: Visiting Other Churches – A series of videos in chich a young evangelical believer named Matt Whitman goes around visiting other Christian churches and pastors, asking questions, and getting to know what they believe and do. It’s a good way to learn firsthand what other denominations believe.
That the World May Know - “Dust of the Rabbi” a video series that takes a look at the challenges to follow Jesus closely with a view to truly being His disciples. Facilitated by David Groll beginning in early Spring.
Jesus teaches us wherever we go, and discipleship truly extends beyond the classroom and sanctuary into every part of a Christian’s life. Here are a few opportunities to consider at SMLC:
Small Groups - Small Groups are where faith can be formed and put to use in an informal, caring community. Studying the Bible and talking about what matters, these groups have a variety of different meeting times, locations, and specialties. For more information, see mightymessengers.org/smallgroups.
Other Conferences - Our church’s members attend several conferences throughout the year, including Luther Hostel, the Michigan District Theological Conference, and others. Contact the church office for details. A few recommended conference this winter is:
- Legacy: Reclaiming a Lost Generation, Feb 1, 2020 An LCMS Michigan District Theological Conference at Our Savior Lutheran, Lansing, MI (7010 E. St. Joe Hwy) Guest speakers: Rev. Dr. Robert Newton, Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, Rev. R Gabe Kasper. Learn more at: https://michigandistrict.org/event/2020-theological-conference/
More Resources for Individuals or Groups
- Podcasts: KFUO and other Confessional Lutheran podcasts abound on iTunes
- Around the Word devotions online
- CPH’s Small Catechism app
- So many great books:
- Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey
- Portals of Prayer
- Book of Concord
- A Martyr’s Faith in a Faithless World
- Religion on Trial
- Clearly Christian